The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

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Michael Dobson, Stanley Wells, Will Sharpe, Erin Sullivan (Cultural historian)
Oxford University Press, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 574 pages
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works. Tying in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this much-loved Companion has been revised and updated, reflecting developments and discoveries made in recent years and to cover the performance, interpretation, and the influence of Shakespeare's works up to the present day.

First published in 2001, the online edition was revised in 2011, with updates to over 200 entries plus 16 new entries. These online updates appear in print for the first time in this second edition, along with a further 35,000 new and revised words. These include more than 80 new entries, ranging from important performers, directors, and scholars (such as Lucy Bailey, Samuel West, and Alfredo Michel Modenessi), to topics as diverse as Shakespeare in the digital age and the ubiquity of plants in Shakespeare's works, to the interpretation of Shakespeare globally, from Finland to Iraq. To make information on Shakespeare's major works easier to find, the feature entries have been grouped and placed in a centre section (fully cross-referenced from the A-Z). The thematic listing of entries - described in the press as 'an invaluable panorama of the contents' - has been updated to include all of the new entries. This edition contains a preface written by much-lauded Shakespearian actor Simon Russell Beale.

Full of both entertaining trivia and scholarly detail, this authoritative Companion will delight the browser and reward students, academics, as well as anyone wanting to know more about Shakespeare.

 

Contents

Alpha A
1
Alpha B
23
Alpha C
51
Alpha D
85
Alpha E
101
Alpha F
114
Alpha G
137
Alpha H
156
Alpha P
425
Alpha Q
450
Alpha R
454
Alpha S
477
Alpha T
524
Alpha U
542
Alpha V
546
Alpha W
551

Alpha I
174
Alpha J
183
Alpha K
194
Alpha L
204
Feature Entries
221
Alpha M
383
Alpha N
406
Alpha O
416
Alpha XYZ
560
The British Isles and France in the English Histories and Macbeth
562
The Royal Family in Shakespeares English Histories
564
A Partial Chronology 15642015
565
Further Reading
569
Picture Acknowledgements
573
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